There’s a weird phenomenon going on in the creative industries. While the number of women studying art and design continues to greatly outweigh the amount of men, in industry, the figure is completely turned on its head. Men dominate the creative industry workplace — and not by a slight margin either.

Our annual Salary Survey statistics consistently highlight a difference, with women only amounting to 41% of our candidates in 2021, and only 30% in 2020. In fact, since 2016 our applications have consistently been male dominated.

When we took a closer look at these statistics, we found that our data reflects that of an entire industry. In the UK, the creative and design workforce is 78% male — even though research suggests that 7 out of 10 students taking design at A-Level are women. …


Got a big design interview lined up? Worrying about how to nail your portfolio presentation? Take a look at some of our top tips on building a great creative portfolio…

How many pieces of work to include?

We normally recommend 14 to 20 pieces. Anything less and your portfolio may look weak. You want to show as wide a range as possible, so you need to make sure you have enough work to show the differences in your work as well as the continuity of quality.

Which work to include?

Your OWN work or pieces which you have had considerable…


Whether you’re starting a creative project, a freelancer, or just simply completing some tasks, working at a desk or in your bedroom can be wholly uninspiring and, not to mention, bad for your back.

While inspiration is everywhere, sometimes it is nice to be able to do your work in a stimulating and cool place. Luckily for you, Manchester is filled with interesting and fun spaces perfect for co-working, writing, and creating. Orchard has created a nifty list of some of its favourites to help you enjoy desk working, and break down your creative block.

Evelyn’s Cafe Bar: 44 Tib…


Leeds United have been pulling out performances on the pitch all season, but that’s not the only results they’ve been getting. Their social media team are ON FIRE right now, throwing shade everywhere. Here are our favourite Twitter moments from the maybe-nearly-Premier League side…

Reading FC
In Leeds recent match against Reading, the Leeds Twitter account retweeted Reading’s previous tweet sharing the team sheet which included ‘Reading fans’ as a 12th man. Leeds seized the opportunity to address this, but kept the shade to a minimum letting fans make their own judgement. UNTIL… Reading called upon spy gate.* In response…


Often on here we discuss great adverts, campaigns and stunts. We talk about why they were great, what the return was, and what we as industry peers can take from their successes (and failures).

However — something important that can often be overlooked as we are submerged in industry chat, is when a campaign becomes a topic of conversation amongst non-industry friends.

This is something that has become the regular for betting company Paddy Power, who are somewhat know for some pretty outrageous marketing stunts. …


I’m sure you’ve heard the term ‘personal brand’ thrown around, but do you actually understand it? Or more importantly, are you utilising it? Chances are, probably not!

So what is a personal brand? In simple terms, your personal brand is how people remember you. It’s how colleagues, potential employers, and clients see you. Everyone has a personal brand, even if you didn’t know it, but not everyone knows how to manage it.

Your personal brand is unique to you, and by taking control and building your own brand you can choose the values and qualities you want people to associate…


Hands up if your workplace offers lunch hour yoga. How about free lunches and Friday beers? Or maybe even an all expense payed training course?

Now, hands up if you’ve ever actually used any of these perks — or if they’re an important factor in how content you are in your job.

Well, it turns out that despite the huge rise in these perks being available, they aren’t that important after all.

Over the past 12 months, we have been surveying our creative candidates for our 2018/19 Salary Survey & Career Insights document to find out what really makes them…


Our 2018/19 Salary Survey is now available to view and download.

To view the Salary Survery and Career Insights document or download your optional PDF version please CLICK HERE.

The survey sheds light on the average salaries of all the digital, creative, and marketing jobs we recruit for. In the report are over 280 job titles, with the average salary for each position.

The document also contains our Career Insights section, where we have collated the responses from our candidate survey. Whenever a creative candidate steps through our doors for a face to face interview with our consultants, we ask…


On Sunday 3rd February, at a ridiculous hour here in the UK, millions of people worldwide gathered to watch the New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams in the lowest scoring Super Bowl of all time.

In a game that has been pegged as potentially the most boring Super Bowl game ever, it’s saving grace was of course the year-long awaited Super Bowl adverts. Although — it’s worth noting that the standard of ads this year wasn’t too dissimilar to the football itself, all somewhat underwhelming.

However, it is the global ad event of the year and whilst there…


Finding the right type for your project that you AND your client love is a hard enough task… but one more crucial yet underestimated element to the process is licensing.

Finding the right type for your project that you AND your client love is a hard enough task… but one more crucial yet underestimated element to the process is licensing.

The legal side of fonts is a fairly grey area, and lets face it, also very dull. It can be easily cast aside and ignored because of this, but it really is important.

A font license is a legal document…

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